Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas tag

Tagged by my friend Tracy...I know we just finished Thanksgiving!

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay,here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!!  Change all the answers so that they apply to you. Tag as many  people as you want to....Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper
2. Real tree or Artificial?  2 artificals
3. When do you put up the tree?  Try to do it the first week of December
4. When do you take the tree down?  First full week in January
5. Do you like eggnog? Yes
6. Favorite gift received as a child?  blue tricycle
7. Hardest person to buy for?  My grandfather who is 97
8. Easiest person to buy for? Amaya my niece
9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, we actually call them Jesus set ups
10. Mail or email Christmas cards. mail
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? An ex-boyfriend that I was with for seven years never gave me a Christmas gift...I know, that should have been a huge RED flag.
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? National Lampoon Christmas Vacation
13. When do you start shopping?   November
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas?   mashed potatoes
 16   color lights on tree?  white
  17. Favorite Christmas song?  Winter Wonderland
18, Travel at Christmas or stay home? love to stay home
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? I don't think so
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? star
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning?   Christmas morning
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? being rushed
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? Christopher Radko glass
24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? family dishes
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Spending time at home

Selby - Christmas 2007

Tagging: Kayce, Jeanette, Lisa, Kiley, Molly, Kolette, and Jen

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we are frantically running around trying to cook master pieces let's not forget what this holiday means. This was taken from the GOOP newsletter today:

Today is a day when we are meant to give thanks - which seems quite general. In your opinion, what are we giving thanks for and how can we genuinely activate that feeling of gratitude?

Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes replies:     
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it is a day for the gathering of family and friends and typically involves the sharing of delicious food, laughter and conversation. The holiday originated with long-awaited harvests which the early American settlers experienced in their new country. After struggling to find their way and establish themselves, the colonists were finally able to celebrate the bountifulness of their new world. The word bountiful resonates with me when I think of giving thanks this time of year. Virginia Satir, a preeminent family therapist, describes the feeling of well-being her family experienced when the big kettle in their midwestern farm kitchen was brimming with food scrumptiously stewing and filling the room with wonderful aromas. The full pot came to symbolize the well-being of her family

The human spirit is incredibly strong, bountiful and miraculously resilient! Even in hard and trying times such as these, it is important to fill our hearts and minds with childlike wonderment at the miracle of being human. Look around this holiday season and SEE the light in children’s eyes, HEAR the laughter in your homes and SPEAK of your love to your family and friends. Fill your inner kettle with love and hope and you will know what it is to be thankful. Happy Holidays.

– Karen Binder-Brynes, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes is a leading psychologist with a private practice in New York City for the past 15 years. See her website for more information.
Today give thanks for right thought, give thanks for right speech, and give thanks for right intention. We hope that everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving day spent with family and good friends.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Twilight - what did you think?

Well I was entertained - I guess I didn't go into it with higher expectations than that. I have been listening and reading all the reviews of the movie and I find it pretty amusing.
  • First - Stephanie Meyer's books are very compelling. Sometimes translating that to the screen can be difficult - there was so much detail that was not covered in the movie but if it did it would have been four hours long. I think those of us that have read the books would appreciate the movie more than those that have not read it.
  • After the premiere of the movie there were several negative comments about the actors and actresses and how their acting lacked emotion...okay people, have you ever hung out with a teenager for any length of time? They are NOT complicated human beings yet, (they may THINK that they are) they are at their simplest. Teenagers may be confused, and that is exactly what came across in the movie for me. I wasn't going to the movie to see the next Oscar award winners... 
  • It was pretty cool seeing all the areas of where I live! There were a bunch of shots of the Columbia River Gorge. The one where they are in the trees is a spectacular view point down the gorge looking East from Hwy 14 on the Washington side.
  • The Cullen family was well cast in my opinion. Carlisle was pretty hot, he is played by Peter Facinelli (who is married to Jenny Garth). Edward, I will have to admit at first I was like "the kid from Harry Potter?" Robert Pattison had big shoes to fill and he did a decent job. 

So I probably won't see it again in the theatre - I will probably add it to my DVD collection and be patiently waiting for the New Moon movie.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Who is counting down...

Until tomorrow???!!! My girlfriend Tracy and I have tickets for the 11:30 am PST show. We are hoping to beat the crowds by going during the day...

Monday, November 17, 2008

sharing another present

from Sheryl Hammons! Who I got to personally meet at the CKC show last weekend. And to top it off she has THREE dachshunds too - and guess where they sleep??? ;)

We both agreed that we want to come back as our dogs! Great job Sheryl! It's not to late to do this project yourself.

Love Seattle!

We had a great time at the CKC Seattle event this past weekend. Packed schedule but good times! We started our day at the Cocoa Daisy booth. If you were able to attend this event and stopped by the booth there were great deals to be had. Tricia definitely wanted to go home with the minimum amount inventory, so it was a win win situation. Stacy's kit sold out at the show but Tricia is going to be taking a wait list - Stacy's free class will be launching in about two weeks and some of you may want the full kit. Of course you can do the project without the kit by using your stash!

On the way home on Sunday, Sara and I made a stop at Pike's Place Market. We enjoyed all the sights and sounds that place has to offer plus some good chowder with a grilled halibut sandwich.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Heading to Seattle CKC

Heading to Seattle today to attend Creating Keepsakes Convention. A good part of the Big Picture Scrapbooking team will be going so we are looking forward to hanging out in one of my favorite cities. Stacy will be teaching Friday and Saturday - it is her last teaching event of the year, so we hope to see you there!

Check out this comic Cul De Sac by Richard Thompson - scrapbooking humor sent to my by my good friend Kellie. Like she said this poor guys mom needs to take Library of Memories! I am wondering if Richard Thompson's wife is a scrapbooker???

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Jack's Car album

This is an album that I completed over the weekend for Kirk's dad. It's his birthday this month and I wanted to give him an album documenting one of his passions - collecting cars. His car collection is amazing and this only half of it.

The main structure of the album is chipboard and clear pages. I bought the old license plates on Ebay. For the plan of the album I used what I have learned from a few Ali Edwards' classes. Keep the same page sketch through out the album and use the same elements on each page. I had a production line going once I had all the photos chosen.

For the binding I went to my favorite hardware store - Parkrose Hardware. LOVE these guys, so helpful and personable. They worked with me on a few solutions on how to bind this album and we came up with this. We used galvanized cable (sold by the foot for .59) and we attached them with copper swages - they had a tool there than squeezes the swages closed. So for $2.56 the album was bound!

Kirk will be adding some journaling directly on the photo for a dedication of sorts. This is actually the hard part in getting him to sit down and do it. I was inspired by Kelli Crowe on the strips of paper framing the photos. Supplies: Authentic and Original stamps: SU!, dotted line stamp is Heidi Grace, letter J is old and can't remember, rhinestone circle is from Kaiser crafts, strips of pattern paper is from a paper kit DMD has at Target.

More journaling on this photo too.

Genuine Article stamp is from SU!

This is the back of each page. Supplies: patterned paper DMD kit at Target, MM Ledger paper 6x6 collection, the story - the facts - the details stamps Technique Tuesday by Ali Edwards.

You can see the rest of the album in my layouts album. It was good to be creative this weekend - Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

We need your vote!

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Weight Watcher Wednesday Weigh In

DOWN 1.2!!! Last week it was all about portion control (except one dinner) and I am back doing yoga three times a week. This week I am going to really watch my water and make sure I am drinking the minimum.

Blog reader Jeannie had a great idea for portion control:
Make sure your meal/snack fits in the size of a sandwich zip lock bag. And anyhow, they say you should eat 5 times a day to increase your metabolism - its like eating every 3 hours!! Sometimes it feels that you're forcing yourself to eat but then its good for you.

And another good idea that she had, that I totally forgot about:
I force myself to drink a large class of water before i snack or eat my meal. This works! Sometimes our bodies cannot tell the difference from being hungry or are we really just thirsty?

This week has been all about cooking - must be the cold WET weather we have been having. Monday night I made acorn squash, Kirk was at a meeting so this was my opportunity to have it. If you have never tried acorn squash try this easy peasy recipe over at Pioneer Woman. I cut back on the butter and brown sugar and omitted the maple syrup. This is all I had for dinner - it was like having desert too!

Last night I tried out another Pioneer Woman recipe for Pot Roast. WOW - like she says: "...being tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious." I cooked my chuck roast for about 4 hours and it was melting in your mouth. My picture does not do this meal justice...

I have a Le Creuset French oven (the pan) that I LOVE almost better than my slow cooker. What I really like about this oven is that you can do all searing on the stove top then put all the ingredients in and pop it in the oven. ONE pan is used instead of two!

My portion control for this meal was a serving of meat the size of my fist, carrots, onions and one spoon full of mash potatoes. Accompanied by 1.5 glasses of red wine; Rancho Sisquoc Cellar Select Meritage 2005.

So with the holidays approaching what are you going to do so you don't overeat for the next 8 weeks? I think having some really good portion control is going to go a long way. We can do this! :)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Weiner Dog Races

Sunday marked a pivotal moment in Amos' racing career and what a great way to retire in front of 57,000 football fans at Qwest stadium in Seatlle, WA. The morning started very early for us since we had to be in Seattle at 8:30 am for rehearsals. The Seahawks event team is a well oiled machine. Everything was rehearsed, from the announcer to three practice runs and the kids holding the banners. But nothing could have prepared us for the experience of walking onto the field at halftime when the stadium is full of football fans. The game was sold out and we also found out the the wiener races last year was voted as the favorite half time event!

Amos on the 50 yard line

The view from the tunnel - I wish I would have recorded the level of the noise. Qwest stadium is the loudest stadium in the NFL!

Amos ended up winning two of the three practice races. The third race he was rolled and attacked by another dog. He didn't win the final race but the experience alone was pretty amazing for Kirk and I!

Here is a link to a video from KOMO news in Seattle. Amos is 3rd from the left, lane 3.

A big THANK YOU to Sheri from Wiener Tales - she facilitated this whole thing and Ryan Madayag of the Seattle Seahawks. Great job!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Don't forget to Vote

Tomorrow is November 4th - don't forget to VOTE!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sharing her present

Christine has her 'present' finished! Great job Christine - can't wait to share these again in October 2009.